How to Transition from Full-time Employee to Entrepreneur

How to Transition from Full-time Employee to Entrepreneur

We all know the movies and success stories, where the protagonist manages to break the chains of corporations and, by the sweat of their brow, they build an empire and live happily ever after. However, no one tells you the unsuccessful stories. Furthermore, no one tells you that, to become a success story, they had to go through countless failures.

While it may look like an adventure, the transition from full-time employee to entrepreneur can be rough. It’s not impossible, but you need to be prepared for a whole new world.

Now, if you decided to give entrepreneurship a try, have a look at our recommendations to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Why Do You Want to Be an Entrepreneur?

Before you make the first move towards entrepreneurship, it’s crucial that you understand why you want to take this step.

Is it because you hate your job and think that owning your own business will set you free? Or is it because you have a great idea for a business, and you think there is room on the market for it?

If you lean more towards the first situation rather than the latter, then you may need to change your job. Being a business owner requires a lot of extra work, it is stressful in the beginning and it doesn’t pay well until the business picks up.

Start Slow

It’s easy to give in the so-called dream and take the leap towards entrepreneurship. However, many entrepreneurs who’ve taken the leap wish they hadn’t rushed into things. Furthermore, you should never burn your bridges with the company (except for a few rare situations)!

The best way to make the transition is to start slow, while you’re still employed. This way, you can test the waters, and see if there’s ground for your business idea, while you still have a source of income.

Sure, this means you need to put in more work, but it’s fantastic practice for life as an entrepreneur! When it’s your business, you don’t get to clock out at 5; you will invest all your time and resources without knowing if it will work or not!

Failure is an Option

The situation where someone quit their day job, started a business and became a success on their first try is so rare that you can think of it as a unicorn. It may have happened, or it may happen in the future, but it usually requires extra help from an experienced mentor with financial resources.

Most new entrepreneurs fail on their first try. But the cool thing is that they cut their losses, learn from the experience, and try again. As it turns out, failure is important for success, because it shows you the way and prepares you for life as a business owner.

Furthermore, failure happens even after you’ve succeeded! It’s important to learn to accept it and move on.

Expect to Do All the Work

While it’s true that micromanaging is not a good business tactic, when you’re both the CEO and the only employee, you’ll have to do all the work. And that’s a wonderful chance to learn all the processes of your business and improve where it’s possible!

The good news is that, nowadays, educational resources are readily available, so you can learn the theoretical aspects of managing a business and then apply them to practice. Due to e-learning, there are lots of business courses you can take online. Furthermore, you’ll have access to experts in the field, and you can ask questions that are relevant to your business.

One of the secrets behind a successful entrepreneur is a constant desire to improve oneself. As the business grows there will be new challenges, and it helps to stay ahead of things. So be prepared for a lifetime of learning!

Find your Niche

Beginnings are difficult because there is a lot of uncertainty and guesswork. But, with consistency and a lot of patience, things will get easier.  

However, in order to progress as a business owner, you need to have a business to work on!

This means that your idea needs to be applied to a niche in the market. For this, identify a problem your idea can solve in a way that’s unique and simple. This requires some research, looking for information on how your business ideas could improve the lives of possible customers (other businesses or individuals).

Wrap Up

The world looks different from the entrepreneur position, and you’ll need a lot of courage and determination to get things started. However, once you get the ball rolling, the journey will become more exciting, so make sure to stick with it!

Oli Kang

Oli is a working mum who has a passion for teaching and all things educational. With a background in marketing, Oli manages the digital channels and content at

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